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How Does Invisalign Work?

Straightening teeth in your smile doesn't have to require the need for traditional bracket and wire metal braces. While many teenagers and adults instantly picture a mouth full of metal when it comes to improving a smile, it doesn't have to be that way thanks to Invisalign invisible braces. Worcester dentist, Dr. Levenson, can offer invisible braces for patients who want to transform their smile without traditional known orthodontia.

Invisalign invisible braces work a little differently than standard orthodontic treatment. At Levenson Smile, we offer Invisalign for patients who are concerned about the way they look during treatment. They may want to straighten their smile, but don't want to hide behind unsightly metal orthodontia. Invisalign works by using aligner trays instead. These aligner trays are made of medical grade plastic, and are strong and see-through. They are worn at all times in order to move teeth slowly into their proper places.

Invisalign works by using these aligner trays to push teeth into locations that are more desirable. There is more than one aligner tray used. In fact, the trays are switched out every few weeks to a new one, in a succession that allows teeth to be moved without the use of brackets and wires. The aligner trays are made with digital impressions in order to be completely accurate and tight fitting to the patient's teeth to make the necessary improvements for a beautiful, more aligned smile.

Invisalign requires strict compliance by the patient in order to achieve the best results. The only time the aligner trays should be removed is when a patient is caring for their teeth, drinking, or eating. Otherwise, the trays should be worn for the most effective treatment. Dr. Levenson will advise patients as to the instructions on using the Invisalign aligner trays to achieve the ultimate smile.

Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile wants you to have a smile that you can be proud of. By using Invisalign invisible braces, Worcester area patients can have the confidence that a beautiful smile can provide. Whether a patient is entering the teenage years or are full-grown adults looking to improve their smile, Levenson Smile can help. Starting the process of receiving Invisalign invisible braces is easy. Contact Dr. Levenson's dental practice today and schedule an initial consultation appointment. You will be able to discuss with Dr. Levenson the concerns about your smile and learn more about the Invisalign process.

Shrewsbury Candidate For Botox And Fillers

Beautiful and healthy teeth can transform a person’s smile, while also providing a boost of confidence and self-esteem. However, most dentists can only do so much as far as enhancing a person’s overall appearance. This is where Dr. Levenson and his staff distinguish themselves. During one office visit, patients can receive not only the best in dental care, but also professionals who have expertise in Botox and dermal fillers. Having experience and proficiency in both of these services allow the team at Levenson Smile to offer and all-encompassing way to provide patients with the facial appearance they desire. 

Both Botox and dermal fillers counteract the effects of aging by helping to reduce the appearance of lines on the face. Botox is used primarily to correct worry lines that form on the forehead and around the eyes. Dermal fillers do just as their name suggests. They actually fill in wrinkles and facial lines to reduce the common folds found around the mouth, jaw, and cheeks. Dermal fillers can be natural or synthetic depending on the wishes of the patient. 

Some people worry that facial injections will “freeze” their face and they will not be able to express emotions. This is a common lie perpetuated by the media. Both of these types of injections are backed by the FDA and are proven safe and effective treatments for wrinkles and age lines. Choosing injections over drastic treatments such as a surgical facelift means more money in your pocket while not having to worry about the problems associated with a major surgical procedure. 

If you’re wondering why you should trust a dentist to do cosmetic facial injections, the answer is that Dr. Levenson works everyday using top of the line dental instruments for a medical field that requires precision and experience. He and his team tirelessly work to ensure patients feel comfortable while applying the necessary skills acquired from the meticulous nature of oral care to cosmetic skin care. 

Being able to help patients look in the mirror and be truly happy is what fuels the team at Levenson Smile. Call today to schedule an appointment. 

Tips for Preventing Migraines

People don't just "have" migraines; they suffer from them. Migraines, intense headaches that may be brought on by a number of factors, cause sometimes debilitating symptoms that may include:

  • Intense throbbing in the head and temples

  • Unrelenting pain on one or both sides of the head

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Light-headedness or dizziness

  • Visual disturbances such as blurry vision or blind spots

  • Fluid retention

  • Numbness

Any person may face a migraine at some point in his or her life; but some are at a higher risk for these headaches. Most migraine sufferers fall between the ages of 15 and 55. Women are more prone to the condition than men; and those with a family history of migraines have a significantly higher likelihood of also having them.

One of the most effective ways to prevent a migraine is to avoid triggers that bring them on. There are many triggers, both dietary and environmental. Each person is different and will learn his or her specific triggers to avoid. Some of the most common include:

  • Bright fluorescent lights

  • Bright sunlight

  • Intense physical activity

  • Tobacco smoke and other strong or unusual odors, including chemicals

  • Fatigue

  • Stress

  • Changes in weather, to include temperature and altitude

  • Loud noises

  • Hormonal changes due to menstruation, pregnancy or aging

  • Missing meals

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Caffeine

  • Food additives such as nitrates, found in many packaged foods and meats

  • Yeast containing foods, such as breads and doughnuts

  • Chocolate

Most people tend to pay attention to these and other more obvious triggers when trying to avoid migraines. What you may not know is that these and even more subtle headaches may come from what's going on in your mouth.

When the upper and lower jaw don't fit together as they should, tension develops in the jaw and muscles surrounding the face, neck and head. In approaching migraine prevention in Worcester, Dr. Levenson has also seen higher incidence of headaches in patients who grind their teeth during sleep, as the excess bite pressure leads to tension in addition to dental wear.

If you are already avoiding all the triggers that lead you to seek shelter in a cold dark room, perhaps it's time to also consult with Dr. Levenson to see if your teeth are playing a role in encouraging the very condition you wish to prevent.

Possible headache treatments in Worcester that a dentist can address

Headaches are caused by more than just stress. Although many of us think of headaches and migraines as a condition best addressed by our general physician, many are unaware that a dentist such as Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, can help with headache treatments in Worcester.

There are many types of headaches and most doctors will classify them into one of these common categories: tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. Millions of Americans deal with headaches and the best way to find successful headache treatments is by understanding the cause of the headaches. A proper diagnosis will help a doctor develop an effective solution to the problem.

Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, is a dentist that can help patients who are dealing with headaches caused by dental problems. Whether it is malocclusion, bruxism, or sleep apnea, there may be a dental connection to a patient’s constant, daily headaches.

Several headache treatments in Worcester are provided by Dr. Levenson, including:
 

Orthodontia

Patients who are dealing with malocclusion (misaligned bite) can undergo orthodontic treatment to realign the teeth so that the upper arch and lower arch fit together properly when biting and chewing. 
 

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards can be made to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching when a patient sleeps. This can reduce tension headaches that can cause pain in the jaw, neck, face, and even the shoulders.
 

Oral Appliances

Patients who are experiencing headaches from lack of sleep, and who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, may benefit greatly from an oral appliance. These are custom made to help keep the airways open and hold the tongue down to eliminate the symptoms and problems associated with sleep apnea. 

Thanks to these dental treatments, patients may not have to use medication every day to relieve pain and tension. By addressing the underlying issue, patients can experience headache-free days by seeing their dentist. 

If you have been experiencing tension headaches, migraines, or cluster headaches, you may find relief by visiting Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out if Dr. Levenson and his team of professionals can diagnose your condition and find a way to address it through oral appliances or dental treatments.

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